Trekking In The Great Sahara Desert

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

8 days 7 nights

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50

Maximum Seats

10

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek across Sahara Desert, accompanied by local nomads and camels
  • Experience the best of Moroccan dunes and deserts wild camping under the blue Sahara sky
  • Watch a sunset that will take your breath away from a top Morocco’s highest sand dune
  • Explore Marrakech, one of North Africa’s most exciting and popular cities

A spectacular 8-day desert adventure, walking into the deep desert of the Moroccan Sahara, across the region’s most breathtaking terrain – and a trek to the top of one of its highest dunes.

Let us take you from beautiful, vibrant Marrakech over the High Atlas mountains and down into the Sahara for the desert adventure you’ve always dreamed of. You’ll trek along Morocco’s longest valley, the Draa, winding our way through palm groves – and you’ll walk across vast landscapes of rock and sand, before ascending Erg Chegaga, Morocco’s highest dune, and looking out over a landscape of rolling desert stretching to the horizon. You’ll never be the same again.

Welcome to the Sahara – a shifting landscape of incredible sunrises and sunsets, huge dunes (ergs) and the widest, most star-filled skies to be found in Africa. Your walking adventure will take you to through the palm trees of the Draa Valley to Zagora, “the gateway to the Sahara” – and you’ll end your magical journey near the oasis town of M’ Hamid.

Enroute you’ll enjoy the hospitality of a Berber fixed camp and encounters with the semi-Nomadic Ait Atta Berber people. Your camel-train will walk for 4 days across a landscape of giant rolling dunes, some of which are up to 200 metres high – and every night, you’ll camp out on the sand, watching the daylight disappear, the stars emerge and fade once more, and the sun creep back into the world in a golden blaze of light.

Since the Sahara isn’t all sand (which makes up less than half of this colossal desert engulfing the top of Africa), you’ll encounter rocky plateaus, gravel beds and even the occasional tamarisk tree. It’ll be an exciting, authentic taste of the Sahara and its people – and the perfect introduction to this astonishing corner of the world.

Day 1

The Adventure Begins In Marrakech

Welcome to Marrakech! It is one of the liveliest cities in Northern Africa - and it’s the start of your Saharan adventure. You’ll be transferred from Menara, Marrakech Airport, a short distance from the city - and you’ll meet the group at your designated hotel for the day. Depending on arrival time, you’ll have an opportunity to get out into Marrakech to see the sights (note: there will also be an opportunity to explore on Day 7). Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site called Jemaa el-Fna square, an open-air marketplace where you’ll find the best wares (and the most enthusiastic haggling) in the city. Or take a Caleche (horse-drawn carriage) and explore further! At the hotel, you’ll learn what the itinerary is for the trip - then after dinner you’ll turn in, ready for an early start towards the High Atlas tomorrow.
Day 2

Journey Across The High Atlas

After an early start, you’ll be transferred in your 4x4 into the High Atlas, Northern Morocco’s great range of mountains. You’ll head eastwards, through the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass that links Marrakesh with nearby Ouarzazate - at 2.260 metres above sea level, it’s Northern Africa’s highest mountain pass. Then you’ll head east, exploring this stunning landscape of towering, dry mountainsides overlooking green valleys and plateaus fed by streams and rivers. You'll then explore the remote Fint Oasis, where you'll enjoy a family dinner, and end your day among palm trees.
Day 3

From Fint Oasis To The Desert

Today, you’ll meet your camel (that will carry your luggage) and will trek a little of the way down Morocco’s longest river (dry in its desert part), the Draa (1,100 km in km), and wander along its fertile banks and through its palm groves. People have lived along the Draa since prehistoric times, and in the 16th Century the Drawa people prospered, thanks to the Trans-Saharan gold, salt and spice trades (the surviving watchtowers and castles of this region are a testament to how much wealth they had to defend). You’ll pass the town of Zagora, known locally as “the gateway to the Sahara,” and later in the day you’ll have your first sight of dunes at El Mazouaria, before stopping at the well of Oued Naam to bivouac for the night.
Day 4

Into The Deep Desert

The real adventure begins today. You’ll trek across a vast arid plateau (including flat, rocky hamada, which comprises most of the Sahara) past tamarisk trees and spurges (a flowering plant) until the sand rises under your feet and you arrive at the high dune of Erg Bouguerne, to spend your second night deep in the desert.
Day 5

Finding the Great Erg Of Chegaga

Today, you’ll trek along desert wadis (dried seasonal riverbeds) that run along the desert, paying testament to the power of the infrequent, unpredictable precipitation in this part of the world. Your destination for the day is Erg Chegaga, one of the great dune systems of in Morocco, approximately 40 km wide and 15 km long. You’ll set up camp at the base of this otherworldly landscape, ready to go climbing tomorrow.
Day 6

Ascending Erg Chegaga

It’s time to climb and explore Morocco's highest dune, the mighty Erg Chegaga, which contains dunes that climb more than a hundred metres above the surrounding landscape. You’ll have most of the day for the climb (if you’ve never climbed a dune before, be assured, it’s tough work!) If you’ve ever wanted that classic Saharan view of dunes stretching unbroken to the horizon, Erg Chegaga will blow your mind - and we also recommend getting up super-early tomorrow morning to grab the desert sunrise.
Day 7

A Free Afternoon in Marrakech

This morning, an early start lets you leave the desert behind as you transfer in your 4x4 back to Marrakech, taking in the stunning landscape along the way. Once in Marrakech, you’ll have a free afternoon to explore any sights you may have missed on Day 1 - before you meet our representatives at your hotel to say your goodbyes and tentatively plan your next visit.
Day 8

Goodbye For Now, Sahara!

Sadly it’s time to depart! There will be complimentary transfers to Marrakech Airport -and, depending on the time of your flight, a last chance to grab souviners. See you again soon!

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